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Alistair Mcleod

Linskill Trust helps write the next chapter in the life of Tynemouth Station Book Fairs

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Besides their regular markets, Tynemouth Station has hosted regular book fairs for almost 30 years. With four dedicated events per annum, Tynemouth Station Book Fairs have been a regular fixture in the Station’s calendar and now the greatly-missed Tynemouth Station Book Fair returns in April after two years of Covid cancellations. These hugely popular fairs are the only independent book fairs in the Tyne and Wear area. Now, Linskill Trust has stepped up to provide resources and support to ensure that the events will continue to run for many more years.

The Trust will oversee the running of the fairs by supporting a group of volunteers and a freelance worker. The management of the costs associated with running the fair will be handled by the Trust’s experienced team at the Linskill Centre.

Art exhibitions on the station bridge are assured of a bright future too. Funded by the surplus created by the book fairs, the Bridge Gallery exhibits works created by local schools, community groups and individual artists. The works are mounted and curated by North Tyneside Art Studio, based at the Linskill Centre.

The combination of the fairs, the art and community links at the station has provided valuable support to residents of North Tyneside for many years. The original Flea Markets of the 1970s had a small number of bookstalls nestled amongst stallholders offering a range of household goods. Following a one-off large scale book fair in the early 90s, local book dealers expressed an interest in expanding the number of bookstalls at the market. This led to the Friends of Tynemouth Station beginning their regular series of book fairs, held on the West Concourse, that continues to this day.

The help from Linskill’s Trust will help sustain the fairs and the art gallery for the enjoyment and benefit of the whole community.

Best-selling North-east crime writer (and now also Friend of the Book Fair) Ann Cleeves OBE is its most prominent supporter. She says, ‘I’m delighted that Tynemouth Station Book Fair will return this year, as a celebration of reading in all its forms. A must-visit for collectors, sellers and all book-lovers. Please come along and show your support.’ “

This year’s fairs will take place on 24th April, 19th June, 21st August and 16th October. Booksellers can apply now to secure their stalls via email on tynemouthstationbookfair@gmail.com, telephone on 07758 330219. For more information visit www.tynemouthstationbookfair.co.uk / www.facebook.com/tynemouthstationbookfair

New lease of life for old garage at Linskill

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The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust has been awarded a £140k grant from NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group to convert an existing garage into a Men’s Community Shed, supported with a rolling programme over two years to encourage health-vulnerable, older men into creative, practical and social activities at the Linskill Centre.

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Linskill Summer Fete

School’s out, summer’s here and time for the Linskill Summer Fete

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The sun is shining, the holidays are approaching and the Linskill Summer Fete promises to be a fun-filled family day with games, bouncy castle, stalls, music and a range of activities and entertainment for all ages and interests. The theme this year is very much ‘community’ with home grown talent, groups and Linskill tenants getting involved to showcase their skills and abilities at the Linskill Centre on Saturday 21st July from 10am to 3pm, with free entry.

Running throughout the day there will be traditional garden and fete games for the whole family to enjoy, stalls to visit, bouncy castle and craft room, face painting, outdoor spaces to explore, taster sessions to try new skills or simply listen and enjoy music from aspiring local artists and buskers.

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Linskill a place to engAGE and socialise

Linskill a place to engAGE and socialise

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In February 2017 the engAGE programme, a three year project with Kellett funding, was launched at the Linskill Centre with the aim of creating opportunities for people aged 55+ to share and learn new skills, whilst meeting new people. Nearly eighteen months later over 300 people from the North East have participated within activities and taster sessions, resulting in the engAGE programme going from strength to strength as the word gets out.

Charlotte Mulvaney, Older Community Project Lead commented, “engAGE is a unique user-led programme where the member’s forum identify decide on the activities they want to experience as a group or identify places they would like to visit. My role is to then facilitate these activities and encourage participation from existing members and encourage new attendees. This formula works well as many of the taster sessions, like tai chi and floristry, have proved so popular they have gone on to develop into regular self-funded classes. The ethos of engAGE is simply to come along, try an activity and meet new people – if you like it then come back, if not suggest a different activity as we are always open to suggestions.”

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Linskill Life after School

Linskill Life after School – celebrating Linskill’s connection with the community

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A much-loved community resource will celebrate its history and connection with the local community through the ‘Linskill Life after School’ exhibition at the Linskill Centre, to be held from Tuesday 5th to Wednesday 6th June.

Over the past months Linskill heritage volunteers, enabled by a £56,000 Heritage Lottery Fund award and under the direction of project co-ordinator Cath Walshaw, have been researching and documenting the community history of the Linskill Centre, from 1984 to 2017.

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Linskill Book Fair

Linskill Book Fair – the next chapter starts Friday 18th May

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This year will be the eighth annual Linskill Book Fair and this ever popular event will open its doors on Friday 18th May at 9am to let avid collectors and readers rummage through boxes and boxes of books. Over 30,000 books have now been generously donated by the community and local businesses with genres ranging from romance, history, crime, art, biographies, cookery, geography, gardening, travel, health, poetry, sociology, children’s books and many more popular and abstract topics.

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Book donations required at the Linskill Centre

Book donations required at the Linskill Centre

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The Linskill Centre in North Shields is calling out to the community for donations of books in preparation for their Book Fair running from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May. This annual fundraising event has proved to be very popular in the past, attracting hundreds of people looking to replenish their reading list, pick up a bargain, or even find a ‘collectable’ whilst supporting their local community centre.

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The Power of Local People

The Power of Local People

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This bank holiday weekend the Linskill Centre in North Shields is joining 300 other community businesses around the country to celebrate the third annual Community Business Weekend.

Aimed at shining a light on the 7,000 community businesses across England, Community Business Weekend offers a unique opportunity for local people to visit and see how they can get involved.

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